HHS Voluntary Questionnaire on Cybersecurity

Responding to a surveyHHS has notified NTEU that its Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) will be conducting an inventory questionnaire to targeted HHS staff in order to comply with the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (FCWAA) of 2015. Per the notice, the inventory questionnaire will be used to submit a report to Congress by December 2016. This report will:

  • Identify the percentage of IT, cybersecurity, and cyber-related personnel who currently hold industry-recognized certifications;
  • Outline the preparedness level of cyber-performing personnel without existing credentials to pass certification exams; and
  • Define a strategy for mitigating any identified gaps with training and certification.

Binary codeIn order to gather the required information for this report to Congress, HHS will have to:

  • Identify all HHS employees whose positions require performance of IT, cybersecurity, and cyber-related functions. HHS will be targeting ALL employees within the 2210 Information Technology Occupational Series across the Department regardless of the program/office where they reside. Other personnel within select occupational series (e.g., 132, 17801, 854) will be targeted, if they reside in program offices with high concentrations of IT and cybersecurity work (e.g., Office of Information Technology or Office of the CIO); and
  • Distribute an inventory assessment to all identified IT, cybersecurity, and cyber-related HHS personnel across all applicable Operating Divisions (OpDivs/StaffDivs, approximately 4,000 HHS employees)

Participation is optional and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Employees with disabilities will be given up to one hour for completion. The questionnaire will be deployed on or about October 1, 2016.

I welcome your questions and comments on this optional questionnaire.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.